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Covid 19 Information

Please visit www.ghc.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

 

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Help in a crisis

 

If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams. The teams work with those aged from 11 upwards.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

Mental health services in Herefordshire are now provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. 

Visit their website to find out where to get help – www.hacw.nhs.uk/urgent-help

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Open every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

selfharm

Text 85258
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

With Euro 2016 starting this week, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging men to be on the ball about their mates’ mental health.

This week is also Men’s Health Awareness Week, with a theme this year of stress, so we are asking people to check if their friends are off their game.

Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health issue. Men don’t always like to talk about their mental health, including stress, but as they get together with their friends to watch the games, we’d like to encourage them to also take the time to ask each other how things are going.

Elaine Davies, a Clinical Team Lead from ²gether’s Let’s talk service, said: “In our experience, we have found that men are often embarrassed to talk about their mental health, fearing that it could be perceived as a sign of weakness or that their mates might laugh at them.

“We want to encourage men to look at their own mental health but also to look at their friends and ask them how they are feeling. Be aware of the warning signs and, if you’re concerned, take steps to help and support them.”

Some warning signs that everything may not be okay with your mate include:

  • He’s tired or having problems sleeping
  • He thinks people are trying to harm him or are laughing at him
  • He’s losing interest in work, sex, eating, football, or something else that he normally enjoys
  • He’s self-harming or showing signs of addiction
  • Showing extremes of behaviour, such as too much energy or not enough energy, wanting to go out more or wanting to be alone more often.

If you’re worried about one of your friends, ask him “how’s it going?” Give him the opportunity to talk to you and listen when he does. Take the time to do things with him and make sure he knows you are there for him.

If you are concerned about yourself or a mate, the following resources can provide help and support:

The Samaritans provide round-the-clock support. Visit their website at www.samaritans.org or call them on 116123.

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